Princess Diana's personal aide Patrick Jephson spoke about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's rift with the royal family while on CNN.
Princess Diana's personal aide Patrick Jephson shared his opinion about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's rift with the royal family during an interview with CNN.
Jephson was asked about the parallels between Princess Diana's story and Markle and Harry's own story. He remarked that 30 years ago, when rifts between the royals started, there were unhappy people.
Patrick Jephson discussing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's rift with the royal family, 2021. | Photo: CNN
He commented that he is sure there are unhappy people now, too. He added that despite it taking the form of a big media story, it is a family rift, with real people who are hurting.
Jephson continued and said to CNN that he hopes that someone is putting down the seeds for reconciliation amidst the current situation. He shared with the news outlet:
"I hope that somewhere in midst the current back and forward, somebody is putting down the seeds for an eventual reconciliation, which has to come."
The CNN show's host remarked he was curious about what Prince Charles' reaction would be and whether it was up to him to sort out the relationship between his two sons, Prince Harry and Prince William.
In response, Jephson shared that the responsibility of starting to heal and stopping a future escalation should lie with senior palace management. He added the Charles has experience because of the Diana situation.
The couple revealed why they chose to step back from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family, among other bombshells.
Harry and Markle's tell-all interview is not the first time a royal family member has given a deep look behind the veil of the Monarchy. Princess Diana had her own tell-all interview for the BCC program Panorama in the 1990s.
Jephson also commented on whether the allegations that Markle bullied former royal staff, which came out ahead of their interview, were more than coincidental. Jephson shared his opinion and said:
"I suppose if you start to employ PR experts, they will do what their job is."
He continued and said this is how the press, combined with social media, turns what is essentially a family fight into something that can potentially do much more damage for the parties involved.
The former private secretary and chief of staff added that in the long run of times because this is a monarchy, lessons will have to be learned about handling these types of problems to avoid them in the future.
Harry and Markle's interview, which aired on March 7, has made headlines. The couple revealed why they chose to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family, among other bombshells.
Their interview has been compared to Diana's 1990s interview. The couple kept her close on the day as Markle opted to wear a diamond bracelet from Diana's jewelry collection.